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December 13, 2013

Sooner Theatre takes on silver screen classic



“It can be frustrating and bleak and bad, but at the end of the day we’re blessed. We should embrace that and be happy about it and enjoy that because most of the play George is a very unhappy guy,” Gibbons said.

“He doesn’t enjoy his family, his kids, he doesn’t have the job he wants, he’s not traveling — he walks into the marriage and it’s a positive thing but when the kids come along and the job, he’s just not happy about anything.”

While many watch the movie annually, Gibbons said the live performance offers a new take on an old favorite. The book and lyrics for the musical adaptation were written by Sheldon Harnick and the music was written by Joe Raposo.

“There’s something about live theater,” he said. “It’s three dimensional, it’s right there. It’s a different twist on the story.”

The live performance still maintains many of the signature moments from the movie, Partridge said.

Director Lisa Fox said the production, performed by approximately 30 cast members ranging in age from 7 to 70, has something for everyone in the family.

“I just hope they go away feeling that everyone’s life is important, which is basically what George wants,” Fox said on what she hopes the audience gains from the production. “He just thinks he’s a failure, and it doesn’t matter about status or power it’s how you touch someone else’s life. I think that’s a great message. And just to have an enjoyable evening enjoying the arts.”


“A Wonderful Life” runs 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15. at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St.

Tickets are $25 and $20. Discounts are available for seniors 65 and older, children ages 12 and under, and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 405-321-9600 or in person at the theatre box office, 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, as well as one hour prior to show time.

More information about these and other Sooner Theatre programs is available at or by calling 405-321-9600.

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